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US Embassy in Tanzania shuts down due to internet outage

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The closure of the US Embassy in Tanzania extends for two days due to an internet outage impacting multiple East African countries.

“Due to degraded network service nationwide, the embassy will remain closed to the public,” the embassy said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.

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All consular appointments scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been canceled, with arrangements made to reschedule them for a later time.

Nonetheless, the embassy will remain open for visa collections and to address emergency cases involving American citizens.

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Since Sunday morning, an internet outage has persisted, leading to poor connectivity in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

According to metrics shared by the internet monitoring group NetBlocks on Monday, Tanzania has been particularly affected by the outage.

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The intermittent service disruption is attributed to faults in undersea cables linking the region to the global network via South Africa, explained industry expert Ben Roberts to the BBC.

As of Monday, some East Africans were still encountering sluggish internet speeds, with certain telecom providers indicating that the issue had not yet been fully resolved.

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